In the meantime, Mr. Hoener sparked the relationship by taking Mrs. Hoener out to the Mizzou vs. Texas A&M football game for their first date.
“We had known each other for about three months before our first date,” commented Mr. Hoener.
However, it wasn’t one of those sappy, love-at-first-sight moments when it hits you that you want to spend the rest of your life with that person.
“It was never one of those magical moments like you see in the movies.” Mrs. Hoener explained. “It was just a feeling that developed over time.”
Then, beginning in August of 2000, Mrs. Hoener began her career as a middle school math teacher at New Haven Middle School. The next year in 2001, she began teaching at the high school. Mr. Hoener continued his career at Owensville High School as the athletic director.
On August 4, 2001, the wedding bells chimed. “It was HOT!” both Mr. and Mrs. Hoener exclaimed. “It was about 104 degrees that afternoon.”
“It was a good day, though.” Mr. Hoener elaborated.
After 12 years of marriage and two kids, they never would have thought they would be working in the same school, one being the boss of the other.
Then in 2013, Mr. Strobel, the principal at New Haven High of 27 years, submitted his resignation. He left behind a legacy that will be remembered forever. The school district was then in need of a new principal.
“Mr. Strobel called me immediately after turning in his resignation and urged me to apply for the position,” commented Mr. Hoener.
They had talked about the position in the past, and Mr. Strobel always said that being the principal at New Haven was a great job.
“I was very hesitant about being my wife’s boss at first and almost didn’t apply for the job,” Mr. Hoener explained.
Mr. Strobel, Mr. Kruse, and others, however, reassured Mr. Hoener that he and Mrs. Hoener would be fine. After discussing it, the couple felt that the benefits of having their entire family in the same school district outweighed any of the negatives.
“It made our lives a lot easier with him working so close,” remarked Mrs. Hoener. “Most days I agree with what he does, and some days I don’t. I usually wait until we get home to let him know, and I’m pretty sure I’m his most opinionated employee.”
Mr. Hoener is still holding the position as the principal at New Haven High and is planning on continuing the school’s tradition of excellence.
“I am very grateful that I get to work with the best students, best teachers, best staff, and the love of my life everyday,” Mr. Hoener stated.
-by Karissa Durbin